Hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year. Kind of a big week this week, as both Shinku #4 and Artifacts #13 are released on Wednesday. I’ll be doing a signing at Main Street Comics in Middletown from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday as part of Top Cow’s “End of the World” event happening in venues literally across the country.

Artifacts #13 brings to a conclusion the largest storyline we’ve ever done in the Top Cow Universe. The issue is drawn by Dale Keown, with colors as always by Sunny Gho, and a two-page origin feature drawn by my buddy Tom Raney. I couldn’t ask for a better collaborator for this finale chapter of the series, as Dale handles both the epic and character stuff with equal aplomb. It’s just a gorgeous issue.

While issue #13 does bring this story to an end, it does not mark the end of Artifacts. My Witchblade artistic collaborator, Stjepan Sejic, and I will be continuing the series next month, picking right up with issue #14, exploring the new status quo of the Top Cow Universe.

Shinku #4 continues my creator-owned series from Image with Lee Moder, aided and abetted by inker Matthew Waite, colorist Mike Atiyeh, letterer Troy Peteri, and editor/designer Phil Smith. There’s blood, there’s swearing, there’s full a nudity, there’s dead vampires. What more could you want?

Five-page preview here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=10959

The initial arc wraps up next month with issue #5, followed by a trade collection jammed with extras, and then a new arc starting in April with #6.